[emaildevotionals] 04.19.2005 am 2 Sam. 7.3

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From: Rdruhl@...
Date: 19 Apr 2005 08:01:08 -0000
Read the Bible in a Year 
This morning read Second Samuel 6--8 

The Lord Had Not Spoken 

David loved God. Proof of it is found in the incident when David desired to build God a house. David lived in a nice house of cedar, had rest from all his enemies, but the ark of God was inside a tent. Nathan the prophet picked up on David's desire. 

3 Then Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that is in your heart, for the LORD is with you" (2 Sam. 7:3). 

The implication from David was that he wanted to build God a nice house in which to live. The implication from Nathan was, do whatever you want in this regard, because it is obvious that God is with you as you do everything for His glory. Later that night, God spoke to Nathan to tell David that he was not to build a house for God, but that God would build a house, that is, a spiritual one, for David, and his son would build God a house. 

Personally, I would have been right with Nathan, agreeing with him that David should do all that is in his heart. Yet, it would have been a better idea to speak to God first! When we get good ideas for honoring God, that is wonderful, but it might be that God wants some thing else done instead. Therefore, regardless of the good ideas that we have, let us always seek the will of God first. Also, learn from David, not to be offended if God or the church does not take up your idea. It is nothing personal.

Don Ruhl
Church of Christ
220 NE Savage Street
Grants Pass, Oregon 97526-1310